Skip to main content

Vacation: Second Day Back Home with Our Third Wheel

For my second day in Canada, Jomar and I spent the morning having our planning meeting. It took us the first 3 hours of the day to discuss our plans. Then, I had "Me" time. I went to Let's Face It to have a facial.

After that, I went to Chowking. I got my first dose of cultural difference between Canada and Philippines. I was in front of the cashier and said, "Hi". She just stared at me impatiently. I gave her my order (Yang Chow fried rice) and she offered toppings which I declined. What's so shocking about the encounter? Well, in Canada, there's always pleasantries and small talk. Always. When ordering, the cashier would almost always ask, "Hi there, how's it going?" or "Hi there, what can I get for you today?". They don't just stand there and wait for your order. It's different. When I was new to Canada I always feel awkward about the pleasantries and small talk but now that I am used to it, I am surprise when it doesn't happen.

Anyway, after getting my order, I went back to my PH home and had one of the food I am really looking forward to - Giligan's Kare-Kareng Gulay! If you read my previous post, we purchased Kare-Kare last night and I was too tired to have it for dinner.

After that yummy meal, my cousin, Ate Carla dropped by to get the items mother had for their family. Then, I went to the spa downstairs and had a pedicure, foot spa, and foot reflex. It was so relaxing. I almost fell asleep. After that, I went back upstairs. Since I have around 1.5 hrs before my dinner with Mitch, I fell into deep slumber. Jomar had to wake me up because Mitch sent a message that she's already at the restaurant.

With Mitch and Jomar

I was so happy to see Mitch! She is like my sister from another mother. When my family left for Canada last 2013, Mitch became the closest neighbor I have and she would join Jomar and me for dinner. We did explore the Kapitolyo food scene and rediscovered board games together when we went to Dyce N Dyne. Anyway, for tonight, we had dinner at the best Mexican-themed restaurant in Kapitolyo, Pasig: Silantro. I ordered the usual Nachos and Quesadilla. She got us a Burrito. BEST BURRITO EVER! Mitch had so many stories about her career and of course, love life. After our heavy dinner, we went to the nearby ice cream shop, Big Scoop. I had the only in the Philippines, Ube (Purple Yam) Ice Cream and Cheese Ice Cream. This is actually not part of my food to try list but I am glad that I was able to try it.

Cheese and Ube Ice Cream

We walked the stretch of West Drive and Mitch was telling me all the newly opened restaurants. Like this Filipino restaurant with actual Jeepneys outside as tables and chairs.

Look at this jeepney inspired restaurant!

Then, we went to Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe and had the yummy Matcha Cake. I am food coma.

Matcha Cake


We called it a night and that's my second day back home. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Popular Posts

How to Apply for a South Korea Visa in the Philippines?

I've been to South Korea last October 2011. It was my first travel out of country with friends. It's been great! This year (2014), Jomar and I with our GDG friends (Mitch, Wayne, and Mama Chelle) are planning to go to South Korea for vacation.

Process of Submission Jomar and I submitted the VISA application requirements last January 29, 2014:
Application Form1 piece of Passport size colored picture (we went to Picture City and asked for Korean VISA size photo) - this should be attached to your application formOriginal Passport (should be valid for more than 6 months)Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)Original and photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (if applicable, and Korean Visas will not be counted)Original Certicate of Employment (with contact number/s & address of company and date of issue)Original Personal Bank Certificate (NOT Bank Statement)Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or BIR Form 2316 (you could ask …

Review of Joy Bus: The Deluxe Coach of Genesis Transport, Inc.

During my trip to Baguio last March 2, 2013, Jomar and I (as recommended by friends) decided to try the Joy Bus of Genesis. We went to the bus terminal the day before just to make sure we have a ticket going to Baguio and asked for the cell phone number of the person to contact in Baguio so we could reserve our returning ticket. Reservation Number in Baguio 0906-591-6011. She doesn't reply though.

Let's help build a home for my birthday

My birthday is coming up (it's on November 8) and instead of gifts, I am hoping you could donate to Compassion.ca, specifically in helping Kenyan families rebuild their lives by providing stable homes. With Safe Housing, we can all make a difference in providing stable homes to 149 families in 11 centers across Kenya.



We all dream of having our own house. I know I do. But when we think about having our own home, we think about how many bedroom and bathrooms we want, what color scheme we will use on the wall, the style of our kitchen. Meanwhile, these families just want shelter from strong winds and torrential rain and I hope that we can make a difference.

For a minimum of $10 CAD, you will give me a birthday gift and we will help provide a home to this families.

Give a Gift

My fundraiser code is 8-10011711 so Compassion can keep track of this little campaign. Please feel free to share this short post to your friends and help me celebrate my birthday this year!

Matthew 25:40: The King…